Hypertext Webster Gateway: "compliment"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Compliment \Com"pli*ment\, n. [F. compliment. It complimento,
fr. comlire to compliment, finish, suit, fr. L. complere to
fill up. See {Complete}, and cf. {Complement}.]
An expression, by word or act, of approbation, regard,
confidence, civility, or admiration; a flattering speech or
attention; a ceremonious greeting; as, to send one's
compliments to a friend.

Tedious waste of time, to sit and hear So many hollow
compliments and lies. --Milton.

Many a compliment politely penned. --Cowper.

{To make one a compliment}, to show one respect; to praise
one in a flattering way. --Locke.

{To make one's compliments to}, to offer formal courtesies

{To stand on compliment}, to treat with ceremony.

Syn: See {Adulation}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Compliment \Com"pli*ment\, v. t.
To praise, flatter, or gratify, by expressions of
approbation, respect, or congratulation; to make or pay a
compliment to.

Monarchs should their inward soul disguise; . . .
Should compliment their foes and shun their friends.

Syn: To praise; flatter; adulate; commend.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Compliment \Com"pli*ment\, v. i.
To pass compliments; to use conventional expressions of

I make the interlocutors, upon occasion, compliment
with one another. --Boyle.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
v 1: pay a compliment to [syn: {congratulate}]
2: express respect or esteem for

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